Medical association calls on officials to get vaccinated for the common good


A nurse administers a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. – Photo by Bernama

KUCHING (October 6): The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) has advised all officials who have not yet been vaccinated against Covid-19 to do so immediately for their own good and the common good of all.

MMA Chairman Dr Koh Kar Chai said it is unfortunate that the Civil Service Department (JPA) has had to resort to compulsory vaccination for all civil servants, but this is understandable as the number of civil servants not vaccinated is alarming.

“Many parents have also expressed their concern for the safety of their child when the school reopens. Therefore, unvaccinated teachers eligible for the vaccine should also take the responsible step of ensuring that they are fully immunized.

“There is enough evidence that vaccines work, are safe, and most side effects are mild. Studies of Covid-19 vaccines have been independently and thoroughly reviewed for their safety and effectiveness, not only by major health agencies, but by regulatory bodies in each country before being approved for use, ” he said in a statement today.

Dr Koh noted that while fully vaccinated people can still be infected, symptoms are mild and, in most cases, will not require hospitalization.

“There is no doubt that viruses will mutate and we may see new variants in the future, but for now it is important that we use all the tools available to protect ourselves and against Covid-19.

“It should be noted that even typhoid vaccinations are mandatory for all food handlers across the country. Without the typhoid blasts, restaurateurs will not obtain their operating license. Malaysians are notorious for the habit of eating out almost every day, but many don’t realize that typhoid vaccinations have protected our people all these years from the disease, which can be fatal, ”he said. declared.

Dr Koh said the benefits of getting the vaccine are clearly visible now with severe cases of Covid-19 on the downtrend and more and more areas gradually opening up.

“The proof is in the pudding,” as the saying goes. Very soon, more Malaysians will once again be able to enjoy interstate and even international travel, ”he added.

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